Additional Title: Caltrans Earthquake History of Lerek Baculpo
Series Title: Loma Prieta Oral History Project
Description: In the wake of the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, Caltrans commissioned an oral history project to document the personal and professional experiences of Caltrans employees who worked to restore the State's damaged transportation system.
This recording is important because it captures the personal history of Lerek Baculpo after the Loma Prieta Earthquake on October 17, 1989. At the time of the earthquake Baculpo worked as a Warehouse Superintendent for Caltrans in San Leandro. Before the earthquake, he was Caltrans Maintenance Highway Worker, working off of rad crew in San Leandro and worked part-time in the Warehouse. When the earthquake happened he was with his family at home, however when the earthquake struck, he realized how serious this event was and that he had to get the warehouse in San Leandro to assist with the relief efforts. He worked the graveyard shift the first night being the radio operator, logging calls and sending people out in vehicles to the Cypress and to check all the other structures for damage. The next night he had to order gates for the Cypress structure, and having to order fencing from many vendors because the need was so great. Thursday night, he had to order plastic barricades for the visit by the President next day. At two or three in the morning, he was able to contact the San Luis Obispo yard, and they had sent them to San Clemente and Caltrans workers drove it to Camp Pendleton, where the Air Force flew them to Oakland Airport and then he met with the Air Force to pick them up in the morning. He also set them up at the Cypress structure. Until he went to the structure, he had not seen much of earthquake damage and it had an effect on him. He was really moved from what he saw and he mentions having to explain to his five-year-old about the homeless people sleeping in the Gym at school.
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Interviewer: Horiuchi, Carol Lynne Interviewee: Baculpo, Lerek
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